A sign tells commuters that repairs to Willsboro Mountain Road will start July 9.
After two years of letters, phone calls and pleading with the state Department of Transportation, Willsboro Supervisor Ed Hatch has received good news about Willsboro Mountain Road.
The pass, which connects the towns of Willsboro and Chesterfield along with Exit 33 of the Adirondack Northway, will be re-paved this summer, according to DOT officials.
The first two miles of the road were re-paved over the past two years, but the remainder of the project had been halted, with state budget woes being blamed.
Hatch often spoke about the matter, and offered resolutions as a member of the Essex County Board of Supervisors imploring the state to take the matter seriously.
“This is a very dangerous road,” Hatch said. “The current condition is bad and it needs to be addressed.”
Hatch said that he was pleased that the state had finally decided to finish the work on the remaining five miles of Willsboro Mountain.
“All of the letters and coverage by the local news have finally paid off,” he said. “We are grateful to those who kept this issue out there in the public eye.”
Work on the project will be starting July 9 and is expected to be done in a short period of time. Motorists can expect delays during the project, as some lanes may be reduced in size and alternating one-way traffic may also be used by DOT workers.
Funding became available after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of a $15 billion Works Program though the Federal Transportation Jobs Act.